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Ancient site of Göbeklitepe in Turkey, the oldest temple in the world. Source: JB Press / CC BY-SA 2.0)
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 23:04

Göbeklitepe, the world’s oldest temple, is around 12,000 years old. It was built by hunter-gatherers in the pre-pottery Neolithic period, before writing and the wheel were invented. Göbeklitepe has rewritten the history of human civilization.

Maya ruins.  Source: Byron Ortiz / Adobe Stock
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 19:05

Ancient Maya civilization thrived for thousands of years beneath the cover of tropical forest in Central America, but once their civilization disappeared, so did much of the evidence of it.

Possibilities for human origins are being explored with the finds at Qesem cave Israel.            Source: ginettigino / Adobe Stock
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 14:06

Just one week after it was announced that the inhabitants of the Qesem Cave, located 12 kilometers east of Tel Aviv in Israel, perhaps practiced swan shamanism as much as 420,000 years ago, comes evidence that these same individuals created the earliest known “canned food.” 

Towers of Silence, Iran (delbars / Adobe Stock)
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 23:01

The Achaemenid Persian Empire is historically important for the Western world because of the influence of the Persian civilization on both the ancient Greeks and the ancient Jews. 

Dragon Myths: Tales of Beasts, Beauties, and Brutes
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 19:11

The dragon is a legendary creature found in many cultures around the world. Generally speaking, the dragon is depicted as a huge creature that has a serpent-like body and the ability to fly.

Titanomachy, war of Greek gods versus giant Titans (matiasdelcarmine / Adobe Stock)
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 06:14

When discussing the creation myths of the ancient Greek gods, as told by the poet Hesiod (750-650 BC), it is best to imagine an audience huddled around a single speaker by way of a fire pit in the darkest of night. 

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Artistic representations of the Paracas people. Credit: Marcia K. Moore

Initial DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skull released – with incredible results

Paracas is a desert peninsula located within the Pisco Province in the Inca Region, on the south coast of Peru. It is here were Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, made an amazing discovery in 1928...
Sri Lanka - Oldest Shipwreck

Archaeologists set to excavate 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sri Lanka

A team of underwater archaeologists are set to excavate a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sri Lanka, the oldest known shipwreck in the Indian Ocean. It is hoped that the month-long...
Miami Archaeological site

One of the most significant prehistoric sites in the United States found in Miami

Archaeologists who have spent the last few months excavating a planned development site in the middle of downtown Miami have discovered an ancient and extensive Native American village , which...
Genome Project - Out of Africa

New research reveals back-to-Africa gene flow from Eurasia to southern African populations

We hear a lot about the ‘Out of Africa’ theory that humans originated in Africa and then migrated to other countries around the world. But a fascinating new study published in the Proceedings of the...
Ancient Rabbits

Family of rabbits unearth 8,000-year-old Stone Age artefacts

Rabbits are considered to be the bane of a farmer’s life as they relentlessly burrow and dig-up the land. However, one family of rabbits has won some favour in Land’s End, England, after their...
Pyramid discovered at Edfu in Egypt

4,600-year-old step pyramid uncovered in Egypt and its purpose is a mystery

In an incredible new discovery in Edfu, southern Egypt, archaeologists have uncovered a step pyramid that they believe dates back 4,600 years. The pyramid has no internal chambers and was not...
Mahendraparvata

New research unravels rise and fall of ancient Cambodian city Mahendraparvata

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has shed new light on the ancient city of the Khmer Empire era, Mahendraparvata, which was rediscovered in June last year by an Australian team of...
New DNA method

New technology will unravel mysteries of ancient humans and shed light on our origins

The last few months has seen the release of several ground-breaking research studies which are beginning to demystify our ancient origins. This included the first ever complete sequencing of a...
Sirius Star

The ancient wonder and veneration of the dog star Sirius

Sirius, the brightest star in our sky, has been the object of wonder and veneration to ancient peoples throughout the whole of human history. Si rius is also known as the "Dog Star", reflecting its...
Charlemagne

1,200-year-old bones found in Aachen Cathedral in Germany believed to belong to Charlemagne, King of the Franks

German scientists have announced after almost 26 years of research that the bones interred for centuries at Aachen Cathedral are likely to be those of Charlemagne , King of the Franks. Charlemagne (...
Mohenjo Daro

Fragile Mohenjo Daro threatened by festival plans

Dating back at least 5,000 years, Mohenjo Daro, which is located in what is now Pakistan, is the world’s only surviving Bronze Age metropolis and is considered to be the most important site of the...
Magic Mirror - Japan

The magic mirror of shaman Queen used in ancient Japanese rituals

An experiment conduced earlier this year on a replica of an ancient bronze mirror held at Kyoto’s National Museum revealed that the original may have been used as a so-called magic mirror to conjure...
Ancient Roman Cult Temple - Capitoline Hill

Archaeologists uncover ancient Roman cult temple

Archaeologists excavating a site in central Rome have uncovered what may be the oldest known Roman temple . The finding was made at Sant’Omobono, one of the most remarkable and least understood...
20 Percent of Neanderthal genome in Humans

New studies reveal 20 Percent of Neanderthal genome lives on in modern humans

Last year, ground-breaking research revealed conclusive evidence that Neanderthals bred with modern humans (Homo sapiens), a fact disputed for many years. The first ever complete mapping of a...
Port discovered in Giza

Ruins of ancient port and barracks found near Giza pyramids

Archaeologists have made some incredible new discoveries in Egypt including the remains of a bustling port, as well as barracks for sailors or military troops near the Giza pyramids. The findings...
Ancient Roman infanticide

Ancient Roman infanticide did not favour boys

A team of scientists who have been trying to unravel why ancient Romans committed infanticide have discovered that equal numbers of boys and girls were killed . This challenges the assumption that...

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